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Oldest man loves to soak in hot springs, eat sweets

China Daily | Updated: 2018-04-13 08:02
Japanese Masazo Nonaka, who was born 112 years and 259 days ago, receives a Guinness World Records certificate naming him the world's oldest man during a ceremony in Ashoro, on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 10, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

TOKYO - Masazo Nonaka has enjoyed soaking in northern Japan's hot springs for many years - probably longer than most people.

The supercentenarian, whose family has run a hot springs inn for four generations, was certified on Tuesday as the world's oldest living man, at age 112 years, 259 days.

Nonaka received the certificate from Guinness World Records in a ceremony at his home in Ashoro, on Japan's northern main island of Hokkaido, and celebrated with a big cake decorated with berries.

According to the town government, Nonaka was born on July 25, 1905. He grew up in a large family and succeeded his parents running the inn. After working in agriculture and forestry, he managed a Japanese-style hot spring inn called "Nonaka Onsen", which his parents had started at the foot of Mountain Meakan. He and his wife had two sons and three daughters. The 105-year-old inn is now run by his granddaughter Yuko. He regularly soaks in the springs and also enjoys eating sweets, especially cakes.

Nonaka, wearing a knit cap and a kimono-style jacket, flashed a smile and posed for a group photo with his family, making a victory sign with his right hand.

He dug into the cake with a spoon after it was cut, and said, "Delicious," according to NHK public television.

He received the certificate of the record at his home on Tuesday. "Thank you," he said with a smile.

His family members say Nonaka still moves about by himself in a wheelchair.

Nonaka wakes up at 7 am each day, reading a newspaper after breakfast every morning, and loves to watch sumo wrestling and samurai dramas on TV. But his favorite pastime is soaking in the hot springs and relaxing.

Nonaka has outlived all seven of his siblings, as well as his wife and two of their five children.

He is one of about 67,800 centenarians in Japan, the fastest-aging country in the world, with the highest average life expectancy 80.98 for men and 87.14 for women, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

Guinness says Nonaka replaced Francisco Olivera of Spain, who died earlier this year at age 113, as the world's oldest man.

Ap - The Japan News/ann

 

 

 

 

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